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Atari CEO Confirms New Game Console

18 June 2017
Atari CEO Confirms New Game Console

He doesn't say much else besides the fact that the system is based on PC technology.

The Atari Box is something I've been waiting for more confirmation on before running an piece on it, and well, it's time. However, following a series of shortfalls in the 1990s, Atari dramatically dropped out of the hardware business, with companies like Microsoft and Sony filling the void they left.

It is too soon to report any development on Atari's new console as Chesnais said as its still in the early stages.

About a week ago, a mysterious website appeared that offered a glimpse of what appeared to be a new console by Atari. The most obvious answer is that Atari is building its own version of Nintendo's popular NES Classic Edition. It's also made a number of licensing deals along the way. The Atari Flashback 8 Gold comes with 120 Atari 2600 games, so pulling out everything in the back catalog might be the only way for the Ataribox to bring something definitive to the market. Given Atari's catalog of classic games, it'd make a lot of sense for the company to re-release its library - or maybe just a handful of fan-favorites - on a "modern" console that easily connects to today's televisions via HDMI. The company is in the midst of a big revival, with Chesnais buying the company after it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013. Faux wood is pretty distinctive.